Sherman Hemsley dead at 74

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Sherman Hemsley has died, his rep confirms to EW.

Police in El Paso, Texas found the 74-year-old actor in his home. No cause of death has been reported yet, although sources tell TMZ he died from natural causes.

Born in Philadelphia, Hemsley moved to New York to begin a career on the stage, where he starred in the Broadway play, Purlie. In 1973, he appeared ¬†as George Jefferson in All in the Family, which lead to a spinoff in 1975 — The Jeffersons. The series, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 1984, was on the air until 1985.

Following The Jeffersons, he starred in Amen, as Deacon Earnest Frye, from 1986 to 1991. Hemsley also made memorable appearances The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Family Matters throughout his career.

TMZ first reported the news.

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